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What book traumatized you as a kid?
#11  pwalker8 02-20-2020, 08:15 AM
I don't remember any books that traumatized me as a child. I do remember a movie that did though.

On the other hand, I did find out, when reading The Three Little Pigs to my niece and nephew, that my father, who normally read to them, significantly edited books when reading to small children. Sigh, heartless rejected with a "you don't read as good as grandpa".
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#12  Apache 02-20-2020, 09:45 AM
The stories were meant to teach children to be careful. They were a warning of the dangers of the time. The world was much more dangerous at the time and children needed to be careful of strangers, animals and anything else that could kill or injure them. Scared kids tended to live longer than children who would be trusting of others. And the world is still a dangerous place for children.
Apache
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#13  4691mls 02-20-2020, 10:30 AM
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The story about the panther gave me a nightmare about being chased by big cats.
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#14  pdurrant 02-20-2020, 11:02 AM
I shall have to give this one some thought. Nothing jumps out at me. But perhaps I've just forgotten a horror.
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#15  JosephMiller 02-20-2020, 11:52 AM
For me such book was "Call of the Wild" by Jack London. Why? Because everybody died. Dogs, humans, no one was safe.

Jack was killed by Indians, the Indians were killed by Buck, then Buck eventually died and became the Ghost Dog of the Northland Legend.
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#16  Apache 02-20-2020, 02:43 PM
Quote pdurrant
I shall have to give this one some thought. Nothing jumps out at me. But perhaps I've just forgotten a horror.
That is what I was thinking too.
Apache
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#17  drofgnal 02-21-2020, 06:13 AM
The only one I remember that raised my eyebrow as a kid was "The Five Chinese Brothers".
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#18  gmw 02-21-2020, 06:53 AM
I suspect this is not what the OP was looking for, but...

I had not read Ian Fleming's Casino Royale since my mid-teens, I think, but when we watched the 2008 James Bond movie a particular scene was instantly recognisable (all the men in the audience cross their legs and cringe). I figure that qualifies as lasting trauma. Wikipedia tells me some of the scene was omitted from the movie released in Britain, Germany, U.S. and China - lucky people.
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#19  issybird 02-21-2020, 07:21 AM
Quote drofgnal
The only one I remember that raised my eyebrow as a kid was "The Five Chinese Brothers".
Hah! I loved that and I don’t think it bothered me at all. I was obviously a cold-hearted little thing.
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#20  doubleshuffle 02-21-2020, 07:29 AM
Quote drofgnal
The only one I remember that raised my eyebrow as a kid was "The Five Chinese Brothers".
Quote issybird
Hah! I loved that and I don’t think it bothered me at all. I was obviously a cold-hearted little thing.
Had to google that one. Seems a bit harsh on the poor boy who drowned, but Wikipedia quotes one Selma G. Lanes, who wrote about the book: "I cannot remember a tale during my childhood that gave me a cozier sense of all being right with the world." So it seems the drowned boy was just a minor issue (at least to girls)
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